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Establishment Description

Located in Cape Town’s historical Constantia Valley, on the breathtaking slopes of Table Mountain, all the rooms and suites of The Cellars-Hohenort boast panoramic views of the impressive mountain and the beautiful grounds. Set in nearly 9.5 acres of world renowned gardens, this historic and beautiful country escape in the city offers guests far more than just incomparable scenery. A fifteen minute drive will take you to the centre of Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest city, famous for its natural beauty, cuisine and wine. Back at the hotel there are three award-winning dining experiences, including The Greenhouse, where cuisine focuses on regional flavours with modern interpretations. All of this is the result of owner Liz McGrath’s more than twenty years of hard work, love and endless inspiration. 


The Cellars-Hohenort boasts 48 individually decorated rooms and suites, all situated in an awe-inspiring natural setting.

Area activities

Fresh Wellness Spa, 3 conference facilities, The Collection Boutique, tennis court, golf chipping and putting green, 1 heated and 1 solar heated Swimming Pool, 9 acres of award winning gardens, wine cellar, internet lounge with high speed internet access and free wireless access. They also offer garden tours, wine tasting, Virgin Active gym vouchers

Check in times

Check In:
Check-in time is from 14h00. A guaranteed check-in prior to 14h00 can be pre-registered from the night before for an additional charge equal to one night’s accommodation

Check out:
Check-out time is at 11h00. Any requests for a late departure are subject to availability and may be subject to a late departure fee of 50% of the applicable room rate. Late departures after 18h00 are subject to a charge of one additional night’s accommodation.

Children Policy

We welcome children of all ages. Children under the age of 3 can be accommodated across all room categories in a camper cot with their parents. One child up to 14 years of age can be accommodated in their parent’s room, with an extra bed, charged at R950.00 per night, when booking selected Luxury double rooms and guaranteed when booking Suites or Premier Suites.

Deposit Terms

A 50% deposit is required to confirm a reservation. On-line reservations to be paid immediately with credit card when making a reservation. When paying your deposit by EFT (Electronic fund transfer) the deposit is required within 4 days of confirmation.
All reservations must be guaranteed by a valid credit card.
The balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to arrival.

Cancellation Terms

All cancellations must be received and acknowledged by our Sales Office in writing.

Summer – All reservations cancelled 30 days or less prior to arrival, the Company will be liable for full payment of the confirmed nights

Winter – All reservations cancelled 14 days or less prior to arrival, the Company will be liable for full payment of the confirmed nights
In the event of an early departure or no show, the Company will be liable for all the nights confirmed.

Travel Insurance

We suggest that guests are covered by travel insurance in the event of an unforeseen cancellation.

Room Types & Descriptions

“That special something ...The Madiba Villa offers guests ultimate privacy in a refined and luxurious setting.”
The Madiba Villa is a gorgeous double-story Cape-style private villa situated in the beautiful Cellars-Hohenort gardens. A selection of fascinating pieces - about Nelson Mandela´s life - make sure that it is so much more than just a villa, it is a part of South African history.With its own private courtyard, swimming pool and entrance, The Madiba Villa offers guests a luxurious home away from home.The Madiba Villa boasts a large open-plan sitting and dining room with a fireplace, built-in bar, service kitchen and two or - if need be - three double en-suite bedrooms with walk-in cupboards. The Madiba Villa is fully air-conditioned with under carpet heating throughout and a private driveway.

“That special something ... The Premier Suites are a private paradise, a true escape from the outside world.”
The Cellars-Hohenort offers eight individually decorated Premier Suites ranging, in décor and design, from the traditional to the contemporary. Each Premier Suite is superbly spacious, which makes them ideal for guests looking for a little extra room.Select either a one-level or split-level Premier Suite and enjoy a private walled garden or magnificent garden views. Both styles of Premier Suite boast a separate lounge, basic kitchen area, private satellite TV, a beautifully appointed bedroom and an en-suite bathroom.
If you´re looking to experience the ultimate in luxury, the first step is a Premier Suite.

“That special something ... each Suite is named after an individual who has been involved with The Cellars-Hohenort property and the Constantia region over the last three hundred years.”

In true Cellars-Hohenort style, the Suites are all individually and tastefully decorated with a unique twist. All décor draws its inspiration from the beautiful garden surrounds. The Suites offer a spacious separate lounge area, a walk in closet and a substantial mini-bar.
If you´re searching for:
A suite where the décor is luxurious and at the same time incredibly comfortable
A suite with all the exceptional fittings you´d expect from a Relais & Châteaux property
A suite that can serve as your home away from home.
You´ve found your perfect partner in The Cellars-Hohenort Suite.

“That special something... a verandah that showcases the exceptional panoramic views on offer!”
The Luxury Double with Verandah rooms, located in the historic 100 year-old Hohenort Manor House, showcase panoramic vistas of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay.
The Luxury Double with Verandah room offers guests a large private balcony, the perfect spot to experience the exceptional range of views on offer.
Far more classically decorated than their Luxury Double room counterparts, the Luxury Double with Verandah rooms are all individually decorated with the trademark Cellars-Hohenort style.
If you are looking for a room that offers luxury, comfort and makes you feel instantly at home, The Luxury Double with Verandah is the perfect room for you.

“That special something ... larger than the Double Rooms, these rooms are ideal for those looking for a little more space.”
The Cellars-Hohenort has a number of individually decorated Luxury Double Rooms. These are located in both the 100 year-old historic Hohenort Manor House and the newer Cellars Main House. It is a selection that will leave you spoilt for choice.
The Luxury Double Rooms in the Hohenort Manor House boast Edwardian ambience and panoramic vistas of the Peninsula, False Bay or the surrounding mountains. While the Luxury Double Rooms in the Cellars Main House are more modern in their design, showcasing bright and beautiful décor with sublime views of the award-winning gardens.

“That special something... the choice between garden and terrace offers unique flair to the Double Rooms!”
Individually decorated, with the emphasis on combining comfort and the ultimate in luxury, the Double Rooms are a great introduction for a first-time stay at The Cellars-Hohenort. Boasting tranquil views - of the award-winning gardens - the Double Rooms offer en-suite bathrooms.
A range of Double Rooms open directly onto the beautiful gardens, while a selection of Double Rooms boast far-reaching garden vistas from their individual balconies.


Restaurants, including The Greenhouse and The Conservatory and The Cape Malay Cooking Experience.
THE GREENHOUSE expertly showcases the cuisine of Cape Town’s first Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef, Peter Tempelhoff and his talented team.
Here, the tasting menus are inspired by the bountiful local produce and diverse cultures of South Africa. The cuisine playfully combines international techniques and styles with local ingredients and flavours, resulting in dishes that surprise and leave a lasting impression. The 3 tasting menus and à la carte menu, expertly paired with superb wines from the surrounding wine region, will impress even the most seasoned of diners.
Limited seating, for just 45 people, ensures that each guest experiences the most intimate dining affair. This experience, coupled with the unforgettable cuisine, where guests find themselves lingering over every bite, creates a culinary story unique to The Greenhouse.
THE CONSERVATORY, situated adjacent to the historic Cellars-Hohenort cellar, offers diners unparalleled garden vistas from both the sun-drenched terrace and the indoor tables. Carefully constructed around a giant 300-year-old oak tree, The Conservatory is one of Constantia´s finest daily breakfast, lunch and dinner venues. Here head chef Delia Harbottle creates hotel classics alongside modern and seasonally influenced dishes. The Conservatory menu places a great emphasis on fresh produce from both The Cellars-Hohenort gardens and local green-friendly suppliers, and this gives it the unique ability to showcase a true taste of the Constantia Valley. Friendly service and an award-winning wine list ensure that The Conservatory offers guests and locals an exceptional everyday dining experience. P.S. Why not try The Conservatory´s unrivalled Sunday Lunch? You´ll have the opportunity to experience a selection of Mrs. McGrath´s own tasty recipes.
OPENING TIMES Breakfast: 07h00 to 10h30 Lunch: 12h00 to 14h30 Afternoon Tea Menu: 11h00 to 17h00 Sunday Afternoon Tea: 15h00 to 17h00 Dinner: 19h00 to 21h30
THE MARTINI BAR is The Cellars-Hohenort´s in-house bar. Offering an exclusive range of exceptional cocktails, it is a hotel bar unlike any other. During the day it is a relaxed space to meet for high tea or single estate coffees.When night falls, The Martini becomes a superb location to enjoy the finest selection of award-winning Constantia wines, chic Champagne and magnificent martinis. The Martini´s namesake holds pride of place in the cocktail menu and, if you´re a martini lover - or you possess a dash of the 007 - you won´t want to miss out on a night at The Martini Bar. For those that prefer to stick to something a little more sublime, bubbly by the glass and magnificent wines from The Cape are also available.
THE FERB BAR Located in the Hohenort Building, is ideal for enjoying a glass of sparkling Champagne before experiencing the gastronomic journey of the senses at The Greenhouse. Decorated in soft greens with windows overlooking the award winning gardens, during the day it provides a tranquil respite for those looking to have a quite drink or afternoon tea while settling into a good book. The Fern Bar provides access to the terrace at the Hohenort Building where guests can sit and take in the panoramic views across the Constantia Valley to False Bay.

CSI Profiles

The Greenhouse
The Conservatory

Food Philosophy

Peter`s approach to food is simple, “If it is not the best it can be, it doesn`t belong on the menu!“ It is an approach, which he stakes his reputation on every day, and one that has garnered him with many (enviable) awards and accolades over the years.This approach to cooking is expected and evident in each of the 5 restaurants of Liz McGrath`s Collection which Peter oversees. Be it the elegant gastronomic Greenhouse, or the simplistically precise Seafood restaurant at The Marine, perfection is the ultimate goal that Peter`s food aspires to.
Realizing the importance of our delicate planet and all its inhabitants, Peter is continually striving to achieve a balance between sustainability and culinary uniqueness through ecological awareness and sustainable product development.

Chef's Profile

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There’s a rumour that gets traded behind passes, in back-alleys of restaurants, and at early morning fish-markets that Chef Peter Tempelhoff emerged into this world with his tiny fingers gripping a wooden spoon. He was, it seems, born to cook. Rumours aside, after Peter Tempelhoff had grown and finished his schooling, he started a degree economics. Before it was too late he realized a life as a desk-jockey would be a nightmare, and disappeared into a forest to cut down some trees for a while. Emerging from the forest he still wasn’t sure what he should do with his life.  So, he took an aptitude test. The result was unsurprising: CHEF. The gods were shouting, “cook Peter, you need to cook.”
Heeding the call, Peter enrolled at Cape Town’s Institute of Culinary Arts in 1996. He finished top of his class and was awarded a bursary to study at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. The gods – and the aptitude test – were right.  
Moving to London, Peter worked at a series of increasingly prestigous restaurants. First at Quo Vadis with Marco Pierre White for a year; then two years at his first Michelin starred restaurant, Hambleton Hall, with mentor and friend Aaron Patterson; and at Giorgio Locatelli’s one Michelin starred restaurant, Zafferano.
Peter was earning his souffles, cutting his tomatoes and climbing the kitchen ladder. In 2005 he neared the top rungs when he accepted the the position of Executive Chef at Automat in Mayfair. It quickly became the place to eat and be seen at in London. Serving simple, fresh and fine foods, Peter and the restaurant were honoured with the ‘Top Table in London in 2005’ and nominated for ‘Restaurant of the Year 2005’ by Harpers and Queens Restaurant Awards.
Peter returned to live under the African sun, and dived headfirst into the faux-french village of Franschhoek, accepting the position of Executive Chef at the award winning Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate. Under the gaze of the Dassenberg Mountains, and the Huguenot Monument he was named the ‘Sunday Times Chef of the Year 2007’ and the ‘Franschhoek Life Chef 2007’, while the restuarnt featured in Eat Out’s Top 10 Restaurants in South Africa.
In January 2008, loooking for bigger challenges and even more work, Peter accepted the position to oversee the five Relais Châteaux restaurants within ‘The Collection by Liz McGrath’.

Predicatably – and what happens when you listen to the gods and aptitude tests – things have gone well. The Greenhouse has been awarded 3 Stars in The Rossouw’s Restaurants Guide and an Eat Out Top 10 award. The Sand at The Plettenberg was named Best Hotel Restaurant on the Garden Route for 2009 and 2010 by CXPress Newspaper. And most impressevily, flagship restaurant The Greenhouse, was voted as South Africa’s number one restaurant in the 2011 Eat Out Top 10 Awards as well as Restaurant of the Year.
Incredibly, between all of the five resturants in The Collection, Peter now holds 9 Rossouw Stars at one time, more than anyone else in the guide’s history.
Also in 2011, Relais & Châteaux, an association of individually owned and operated luxury hotels and restaurants, known for their strict admission standards, furnished Peter with the title of ‘Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef’ at their annual congress in Portugal. In 2012 and 2013 Peter was invited to cook at the Relais & Châteaux Grands Chefs dinner in New York and London.
So far in his career Peter has worked alongside of the greatest and most imaginative chefs of this generation, including Chefs Joel Robuchon, Anne Sophie-Pic and Kyomi Mikuni.
Currently, Peter holds the position of Executive Chef in the ‘The Collection by Liz McGrath’. He continues to explore, understand and re-imagine what South African food can be by investigating local flavour through ingredients specific to his locale. In his words, all he has to do now is “keep innovating, keep coming up with new things, new dishes, new flavours, and always keep stretching the boundary."

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Self Drive Options

1. Travel on the N2 Highway towards Cape Town, take the turn off to “Muizenberg, M3“ to the left.
2. Continue along the M3 (Edinburgh Drive) past the suburbs of Claremont Bishop`s Court and Wynberg.
3. Take exit 14 marked Constantia.
4. Turn left at the intersection, travelling under the bridge
5. At the second set of traffic lights, turn right into Brommersvlei road
6. The entrance to the hotel will be on the left, 2.5 km down Brommersvlei road

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Cape Town International

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